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by Peter Moskos

December 12, 2014

How many people do police kill?

We don't know how many people are killed by police. That's an outrage. But seriously, think about it: police kill more people than America executes. We spend a lot of time and money when it comes to executions. And we don't even count those killed by police. And this isn't even a pro- or anti-police issue. Either way we just need to know.

Here's somebody who is taking it on himself to keep track. It might even work. Similar methods have been used to give us idea of how many people have been killed as a result of fighting the drug war in Mexico. Another website keeps very good track of Taser-related deaths since nobody else does (about one per week, in case you were wondering. And here's a parallel site).


campbell said...

What, tasers kill someone? Crazy talk. Their stats on how none of cops who've been tased in academy die is ridiculous. I don't know about anyone else here, but I got hired on well under middle age and had to pass a physical that included an EKG. Sure, if your sample size is guys in their 20's and 30's who can pass a PT test and have no drug history and a clean EKG? Yes, none of them will die. Your average A/P meets those criteria, right? Haha, no.

Moskos said...

Exactly. So that's why Taser invented a medical condition to cover their ass.

And I find it absurd (actually immoral) when people say, "oh well, he had a bad heart. His fault." Well some people have bad tickers! People shouldn't die for non-compliance!

Also, what does A/P stand for? One day we need to unify police lingo. 10-1?

campbell said...

I'm kind of terrible with 10 code because my agency favors the plain text approach.

A/P = Arrested Person